Governor Eric Holcomb announced at a press conference on Wednesday that, beginning next week, more than 1,300 Indiana National Guard members will be deployed to help facilities including West Lafayette 133 of the worst-hit nursing homes within.
Then, the National Guard will expand its support to all 534 nursing homes, Brig over the next three weeks. General Delaire said. The extra help will continue until December 31.
University Place executive director Kinder said that the facility has reported 12 positive cases of COVID among residents, including one death. In addition, 10 employees tested positive for the virus.
Jinde said: “We didn’t receive the case until two weeks ago.”
Jinde said that he believes that the University Plaza will “get through the storm,” but the deployment of guards will help the staff. He said the National Guard is expected to arrive at the facility on Monday.
Jinde said: “They sent us some people who want to remove some civilian and infection control duties from the staff so that they can focus more on the clinical needs of the residents.”
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Dr. Jeremy Adler, a health officer in Tippecanoe County, said University Plaza is one of two long-term care facilities in the county where a COVID outbreak is currently occurring. He did not identify the other party, but he said there were less than five cases.
Adler said: “Both agencies have established agreements to address the outbreak and protect the vulnerable people they serve.” “The health department is closely monitoring the situation and will provide assistance as needed.”
Holcomb said that although not all deaths last week were in nursing homes, there were still a large number of deaths. He admitted that this was one of the reasons he deployed guards to the facility.
The Indiana Coronavirus dashboard reported 105 new residents deaths last week. Since March, 2,309 residents have died from COVID-19. This accounts for approximately 56% of all coronavirus deaths in Indiana.
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The deployment of the guards is also a response to the recent increase in hospital admissions. Since COVID-19, approximately 69% of hospitalized patients across the state are patients 60 years of age or older, while 47% of patients are 70 years of age or older.
Holcomb said: “Our hospital is under tremendous pressure.”
The members of the guard will provide supervision and assistance so that nursing home staff have more time to take care of residents. They will be trained at the Atbury camp this week to help them with infection control measures, COVID-19 prevention checklists, testing, staff and visitor screening, and data entry. The Indiana Department of Health will provide scrubs and personal protective equipment for members of the Guard.
New York State will also link facilities to clinicians through its health care reserve program, which matches retired or unemployed health workers with facilities in need. Dr. Lindsay Weaver, chief medical officer of the state’s health department, said that this week the state has received 11 long-term care agencies’ requests for help with the program.
Weaver said that more workers will work with the Indiana Department of Health to visit each long-term care facility at least three times a week, and possibly even more, to provide more infection control training.
The state also plans to ship 2 million face masks to nursing homes, which is its largest delivery of personal protective equipment to date.
Holcomb announced last week that he would deploy the National Guard to nursing homes to help “exhausted” staff take care of residents.
At the time, he said that employees, residents and families “like many people are overwhelmed by the scale and speed with which this virus can spread.” “It’s very tired there. You are seeing; when you are on the ground, we heard .”
Kinder and University Place said the outbreak at the facility started after residents contracted the virus at a local hospital and then returned to the University Place Health Center. Jinde did not find the hospital.
The resident began to develop symptoms on October 11, Jinde reported, and tested positive for COVID-19 on October 14.
Kinder said: “When the results come back and the residents are positive, by then, we have two members who are positive.” “It can be imagined that when you provide healthcare and your test is positive, you are in a lot People’s room.
He said: “We have independent residents, memory support residents, assisted residents and healthcare residents. So far, all COVID cases are in our medical center.” “Except for all employees in each building , We are still testing residents who do not have COVID every Monday and Thursday.”
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In the past few months, doctors across the state have been focusing on how to deal with the surge of coronavirus patients in hospitals. At the same time, they worry that people who need additional medical care will not come to the district hospital because they are worried about contracting COVID.
Their message to those who might be on the alert is: It’s safe to come here, and we are doing everything we did before the coronavirus.
Two Lafayette hospitals, IU Health Arnett and Franciscan Health, issued a joint statement regarding their facility care.
Dr. James Bien, Chief Medical Officer of IU Health Arnett and Dr. Daniel Wickert, Chief Medical Officer of Franciscan Health, said in a statement: “IU Health and Franciscan Health have extensive experience in the treatment of infectious diseases.”
“We have been working closely with the Indiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that all appropriate procedures are in place to protect everyone we care for.”
Bien added that since the beginning of the pandemic, many measures have been taken to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and team members in the hospital. These measures include regulations for universal masks, limited waiting time, priority arrangements for social distancing and continuous disinfection.
In a long-term care facility
Westminster Village executive director Ben Blankenship said that members of the National Guard are scheduled to arrive in the West Lafayette retirement community on November 16, as part of the third phase of the state’s deployment plan.
Blankenship said that Westminster Village recently tested 227 employees and all tests were negative, and the factory has not reported a positive employee test since September 23.
According to state data, there are no positive cases of COVID among residents.
He said: “The health and safety of our residents and employees is our top priority.” “In these unprecedented times, we continue to focus on supporting them.”
It is not clear when other facilities in Tippecanoe County may receive assistance from the National Guard. Administrators of Creasy Springs Health Park, Signature Healthcare and Rosewalk Village did not return requests for comment on Thursday.
According to IndyStar’s analysis of federal data, even before the pandemic, Indiana’s nursing home facilities were seriously understaffed, ranking 48th in the nation on average. The understaffing of Indiana households is one of the reasons why AARP rated Indiana’s aged care system as the lowest. IndyStar’s investigation found that someone cited a lack of personnel that led to injuries or deaths in Indiana factories.
Weaver said: “I want to take a moment to thank our health care staff and admit that they are exhausted.”
Weaver said: “They have run a marathon for eight months at a sprint speed. The design of the human body simply cannot maintain such a speed. These measures are not only designed to protect the residents of these facilities, but also to protect the residents. For Employees who work around the clock provide some help.”
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